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Recovery raising the demand for welders

Welding is a trade in the Okanagan that is showing signs of increased activity as Canada’s economy improves.

“I started to notice it about a month ago, as a growing number of employers started calling to ask about our graduates,” said Dean Nutter, chairman of Okanagan College’s welding department. “It was quiet for several months, but now the companies are calling and talking about new projects and the fact that some of their regular clients are coming back with more work.”

A significant contributor to the business uptick is likely Canada’s oil patch. There are estimates that oil production from the Oil Sands will double by 2020.

“The message here is that this is a good time to be thinking about welding as an occupation,” said Nutter.

Welding Level C certification programs start Aug. 8 in Vernon, and on Aug. 23 and Sept. 6 in Kelowna. A metal fabricator program starts Sept. 12 in Kelowna.

Anyone interested in either of those fields, or in other trades offered by the College, the school also offers a try-a-trade-for-a-day program that will introduce you to the field and provide information on careers and pre-requisites. For information call 250 862-5457.

 

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